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Update revision Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) (GEN – 772.00)

09 May 2017

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Update revision Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) (GEN – 772.00)

09 May 2017

2 min read

GEN – 772.00. Since the release of Clean Energy Package for all Europeans the Parliament Committees EPBD rapporteur Bendt Bendtsen (ITRE, appointed on 25 January 2017) and Jäätteenmäke Anneli (ENVI, appointed on 20 February 2017) have been very fast in preparing their draft report and draft opinion. These reports will be discussed on 29 May and adoption would take place the third quarter of 2017.

Highlights of the ITRE draft report

The rapporteur proposes to strengthen the national long-term renovation strategies and to consider if the Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) should be further harmonised and if the concept of Building renovation passport could be introduced. The draft report proposes also a “Common general framework methodology for the calculation of a smartness indicator for buildings”.

Inspections and building automation and control system (BACS):

  • A definition of BACS is added (Amendment 16).

  • The threshold for inspections of heating systems is lowered to 70 kW (paragraph 3) for residential buildings but is not changed for non-residential buildings (250 kW) (paragraph 2). Then, Member States may decide not to apply regular inspections to buildings that comply with paragraph 2 or 3 and thus are equipped with BACS. (Amendments 38, 39, 41 and 42)

  • The threshold for inspections of air-conditioning systems is lowered to 12 kW for residential buildings, but is not modified for non-residential buildings (250 kW). Then, Member States may decide not to apply regular inspections to buildings that comply with paragraph 2 or 3 and thus are equipped with BACS. (Amendments 44, 45, 47 and 48)

  • As an addition to articles 14 and 15, the rapporteur suggests that: “Technical building systems covered by a contractual arrangement on an agreed level of energy efficiency improvement or another agreed energy performance criterion, such as energy performance contracting as defined in point (27) of Article 2 of Directive 2012/27/EU shall be exempted from” inspections. (Amendment 43 and 49)

Highlight of the ENVI draft opinion

This opinion underlines the importance of healthy buildings and Indoor Environment quality.

Recommended Action

The associations and manufacturers with an interest in this issue are recommended to contact their representatives in Parliament and Council to bring across their points of view.

Related documents and links

Draft report ITRE: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&reference=PE-603.067&format=PDF&language=EN&secondRef=01

Draft opinion ENVI: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&reference=PE-603.103&format=PDF&language=EN&secondRef=01

Procedure file: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/procedure/EN/2016_381

European Parliament file: Draft op http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil-mobile/fiche-procedure/2016/0381(COD)

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